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Conscientious Objector Aidan Delgado

Published 2005

Aidan Delgado speaks to Berkeley High on March 23, 2005 about the war in Iraq and becoming a conscientious objector

Run time about 10 minutes
Producer StreetLevel TV
Production Company StreetLevel TV
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information


Reviewer: micah6vs8 - favorite - December 15, 2010
Subject: I Would't Want To Depend On You
for anything .
Prattle on , it's fine .
Who cares . A few .
A query , what would you do if you came across a woman being stoned to death and you had the power to save her , but only through violence ?
Again , I wouldn't want to have to depend on you .
Reviewer: shekissesfrogs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2008
Subject: The sunshine test..
Thank you Aidan Delgado. Telling the truth when people don't want you to is real bravery.
Preemptive wars fought outside our borders are not fought to protect our freedoms or rights. They are fought for resources or money, to maintain the status quo. Fighting for your defense of your nation is an admirable action but you should know the whole truth. For those on this board with no so nice things to say about this hero, No one should be afraid of the truth and only immoral and ugly things reign supreme in darkness and secret places.
Reviewer: Sanford Housing Co op - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2008
Subject: iraq war
A message of support from the heart your work is wonderful I was an anti war activist and witness Vietnam 67 those who are willing to speak" in the name of the voiceless" in the name of the" Muslim faithful" who's only wish is to" live in peace" ,I have the greatest respect I speak enough Arabic to understand this beautiful language and culture and I have worked (an Internationalist]IVS in harms way in a famine\ conflict zone (Mozambique} for two years I think Mr Delgado hit the ball out of the park with his respect compassion and understanding of the Iraqi's ,his words also cut through the hate and cruelty of the racist's souls that are lost to humanity good luck guy's and bless all of you Gordon
Reviewer: agentno99 - favorite - May 7, 2008
Subject: one day your conscience will weigh heavy Mr Delgado
Mr. Delgado should sit down with a veteran of world war two and ask him if war was meant to be pretty. And then ask if he would do anything different and if it was worth the cost.

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)
My child will not be in school on the day Aidan Delgado shows up to give his speech! A one-sided look at Iraq, no better than the Media! Someone show us all the good that actually takes place there because enough of us believe in our soldiers and believe that good things are happening. And even if you do not pull your head out of the sand and learn the reality of war.
Imagine if you were taken seriously, Mr. Delgado, no one would join the service and no one would be here to fight for your right to give these ridiculous speeches.

Please read the refreshing review and comments given by dgee2 below. I hope to see more like that!
Reviewer: thepalebright - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2008
Subject: American officials say
Seems telling that one has to go to an obscure forum to find on-the-ground info about Iraq--the most publicized war in history. As Robert Fisk points out, the majority of correspondents report from their hotel suites, never leaving the Baghdad safe-zone; coming from a man that's actually met Bin Laden several times, what he says carries some relevance to the current Middle East situation.
Or go to and search for it.
Reviewer: Telephone Toughguy - - April 9, 2007
Subject: What's up winkler!
Hey man, freedom of speech is ironically what our soldiers die for. What they all fail to realize is that this stuff does more damage to our folks in the field than it solves over here.
Reviewer: Sheer Golden Hooks - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2007
Subject: Facts, Please
"There are so many things going well in Iraq but sadly there are more mouthpieces like Delgato and Sheehan who warp facts and just plain lie in an attempt to degrade our morale.
Thanks to brave men and women like DGEE2 we all have freedom of speech and therefor propogandists like Delgado and Sheehan have the right-to-lie and are in fact working to destroy our very way of life."

You could you be more specific on what is going well in Iraq? When has our freedom of speech been encroached upon lately, besides by our current government, I mean.
Reviewer: dwinkler - favorite - December 25, 2006
Subject: Thank you DGee2 For your efforts!
I would like to take a moment to thank DGEE2 who wrote a most compelling review of Aidan Delgados' drivel.
Thank goodness that there are true heros such as the reviewer who put their life on the line so that twirps like Delgato can misuse images and information to suit his misguided ideas and ideals.
There are so many things going well in Iraq but sadly there are more mouthpieces like Delgato and Sheehan who warp facts and just plain lie in an attempt to degrade our morale.
Thanks to brave men and women like DGEE2 we all have freedom of speech and therefor propogandists like Delgado and Sheehan have the right-to-lie and are in fact working to destroy our very way of life.
Reviewer: Mr. Boombotz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2006
Subject: Thank you
If only more Americans were as honest and courageous as Mr. Delgado the low lives in charge would never have been allowed to do what they've done. I hope the young listen to his message. There is nothing honorable about genocide and murder.
Reviewer: DwnRvrChk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2006
Subject: Live Out Your Convictions
I thought your film was well done and well presented. I am a Veteran that served 4 years active duty during the Vietnam Era. Life offers hard choices and some eat rocks while others enjoy luxury and leisure. I wish you and all soldiers some measure of peace and tranquility for your service.

Reviewer: dgee2 - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2006
Subject: A Response to Aidan Delgado
Mr. Delgado,
I too served in Iraq, twice actually, I was active duty during Desert Storm/Shield and I was recalled to active duty in 2003. After having served 11 years in the reserves, the call came to me March 2003. I got the phone call and I was told that I had to go and fight this war as well. It was hard to leave my family, but I did what I volunteered to do, and that is to serve and protect my country.

As I listened to you speak in your video, the memories could not be stopped. I was there, I saw what you saw and I remember alot of what you remember. But you and I are different, and I know your type of person. You are unable to seperate what really happens in war and what you think war should be like. You believe that innocent people should not die during a war and unfortunately that happens in war. You cite statistics and numbers, stating that coalition forces have killed over 100,000 civilians during this conflict. Let me let you in on a little number, are you aware that over 50,000 people are murdered in the United States each year. What are you going to do about that Mr. Delgado? Are you going to travel around the west coast showing high school kids the horrors of murder? Are you going to show them the photographs of those murder victims as well? What are you going to do about the 50,000 people that are being murdered by their own people? Yet, you decide to go on a campaign against the very men and women that serve are serving our country bravely and courageously everyday. The same men and women that afford you the right to speak out against them.

You claim that the media does not show the reality of war and that all you want to do is tell the real truth. Well in some ways you did, but you only revealed what is important to your cause. You are just as bad as the media Mr. Delgado. Do you honestly believe that people in general don't know what a bullet can do to a human head, without you showing them. Why didn't you show them the schools that we rebuilt, the boxes of school supplies that we gave to the Iraqi children, why didn't you show them the water tanks that we repaired, the generators that we made available to the Iraqi people so that they could have light. Why didn't you talk about how everywhere we went, we were met by dancing happy people, people that were truly grateful for us being there? It's kind of strange that all of the pictures that I have show just that reaction.

I happen to be a law enforcement officer here in California. By the way, people that have been convicted of petty theft and other property offenses often share prison yards with murderers and rapists. It is not an uncommon practice and so my question is, is what are going to do about that? Take care of what is happening here in the United States, since you seem to have all the experience. When you talk to these high school kids, tell them about the dangers of joining gangs and using drugs and commiting crimes. Leave my brothers and sisters alone to do the job that you could not complete or were not willing to complete. I don't think any less of you for becoming a concientious objector, I just believe that whatever was honorable about you claiming that status and standing your ground has been tainted with what you are doing now. The military in an honorable organization, with good men and women and you know that to be true, they served all around you. The fact that you clump all of us together as bad people that enjoy killing others is wrong. Have the courage to say that there are some bad people in our military but the rest are good men and women. I don't expect you to do that as it would contradict everything that you profess to be true.

Have a good life Mr. Delgado, rest assured that the job will be done without you. Rest assured that we'll keep you safe so that you may continue to speak out against us, after all, I'm still willing to die for you and your rights. God Bless our men and women serving proudly all over the world and God Bless you Mr. Delgado.
Reviewer: UmarOMC - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2006
Subject: enjoyed...
My stepdad doesn't like talking about Vietnam, one other guy I met had fun in Vietnam... he laughed boistrously as he recounted throwing a "gook" baby down a well followed by a grenade... on any battlefield all men are earning Heaven or Hell for their actions... I hope this man receives blessings for speaking out.
Reviewer: Jim Larkin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2005
Subject: Excellent video
Thank you, Mr Delgado, for this excellent video clip about the reality of the war in Iraq. This reality needs to be exposed and what you are doing is very necessary. You are well placed to warn young people about what they are likely to face in the army of occupation in Iraq and elsewhere. As a result of what you are doing, the army recruiters are less likely to con young people from poor communities into joining up.

Let the bravemouth, chicken-hawk politicians join the army and do the fighting themselves. Only one offspring of a US Congress politician is in Iraq. The warmongering academic windbags from the Washington think tanks should sent over to Iraq as cannon fodder.
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